Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Things That Make My Blood Boil

So I read this in the Salt Lake Tribune today. Just when I think it's absolutely impossible for the Utah Legislature to be any more moronic and disappointing, they somehow manage to outdo themselves.

I don't know why I'm always surprised by the dumb things the Utah Legislature try (and often manage) to get passed. After all, these are the same people who felt we needed a state gun around the same time Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head. These are the same people who tried and managed to pass a bill (HB477) that would inhibit transparency in government, all without any input from the people they supposedly represent and then were forced to repeal it when they realized the majority of the people they represent didn't approve of it.

Now they want to completely get rid of sexual education in schools. I'm sorry, do these people think completely eliminating sex education is going to make kids stop having sex? And whether one thinks premarital sex is immoral, shouldn't kids at least be informed about the dangers and the measures that will keep them safe and healthy and which will help them avoid unwanted pregnancies and diseases? Hey, abstinence is a nice ideal, but we can plainly see in society that the ideal is not always (or even often) met.

I just don't believe that keeping our children's heads in the sand when it comes to this issue is healthy or beneficial to either them or society in general. Stuff like this drives me crazy. Hopefully this will die in the Senate.


jen said...

It made my blood boil too... It hasn't been that long ago that they introduced sex education into Utah schools. Teen pregnancy and abortion rates are DOWN. Why would they want to go backwards??

Trev said...

That is indeed annoying.

Still, you don't realize how good you have it. Utah's legislature may do stupid stuff like that sometimes, but they're super-efficient and for the most part productive.

If you're the type who feels better seeing greater misfortune of others, just consider my beloved Arizona legislature, who currently are debating a law forcing state colleges to allow concealed weapons (where single buildings could opt out but would require by law $100s of millions of gun locker installation). I swear, I think Arizona would be better served by a citizens' initiative that blocked them from convening for a session than it would by their stupidity and penchant for passing micromanaging laws and still somehow claiming to be "conservative" (which we know nowadays means Tea Party-esque, which is just... I'll stop).

Gay LDS Actor said...

Reminds me of this bill that was just passed by the Utah House.